I would not normally recommend that you marinate a steak, but in this particular case, I had a piece of grass-fed steak that was pretty lean and not of the absolute highest quality and so I thought it could benefit from a little marinating.
There are zillions of different marinade recipes out there, but this one was made during my Whole 30 and so is completely Whole 30 compliant.
The general rule for marinades is that you need some sort of acid, some sort of sweetness is nice and then various herbs and spices. Because of the Whole 30, I had to think outside the box on the sweet component and I think using an apple was pretty clever. I didn’t know how much sweetness it would impart, but the sweet definitely came through.
My son, who is the complete culinary expert, said he didn’t enjoy the sweet element. Go figure!
This is a simple recipe that helps elevate an otherwise less than tender or flavorful steak. It was great on the grill, but could just as easily be prepared in a heavy skillet on the stove. Just sear both sides and check the internal temperature for the doneness you prefer.
I apologize for the lack of artsy photos. I was in the middle of a marathon of cooking for this Whole 30 and it just slipped my mind. Here you see my dinner plate as I hastily threw it together before digging in.
The steak turned out tender and flavorful, which is just what I wanted and more than I expected from an inexpensive cut!